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Half a Sinner

Published 1940

A prim school teacher (Heather Angel) has a secret desire to kick up her heels and leave her small town behind her.
She does the next best thing - buys some silk stockings, a new hat and goes on a spree for the day.
She gets some unwanted attention from a hood, "Handsome" (Henry Brandon), and in her haste to escape, pushes him over and steals his car.
Unbeknownst to her, there is a dead body in the back.
She picks up a hitch-hiker (John King), whose car has broken down, and a romance begins.

Run time 59 min.
Producer Al Christie, Jack H. Skirball
Production Company Universal Pictures
Audio/Visual sound, black & white
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Reviewer: katperrr - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 25, 2012
Subject: Heather Angel
Funny, I never heard of her until I started logging onto Internet Archive. Will have to look her up.
Reviewer: molly32 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 9, 2011
Subject: Abbreviated adventure.
Charming movie. Good for an hours sit. Fiesty heroines. Delilah you bad bird :).
Reviewer: Deichbrand_1 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 23, 2011
Subject: A sweet short movie
Yes, the story is a bit too shallow and the acting not always good, but the whole atmosphere is quite charming.
Reviewer: Dr Feel Rotten - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 10, 2011
Subject: Enjoyed this
the acting was a tad stiff to suit me, but then it just seemed to fit the plot and the old woman was hilarious and Snuffy.. What? I've always been a crook. You trying to ruin my reputation?
Reviewer: kareneliot - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 1, 2011
Subject: Great use of an hour
What a treat this hour long film was! Totally enjoyable and highly recommended!
Reviewer: billbarstad - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 24, 2011
Subject: Screwy
Heather Angel plays a school teacher who steps out of her dull routine into the swirling chaos in this '30s style comedy. Sadly, the third act contains plot conveniences to wrap things up in a hurry in this otherwise nicely paced movie. A lot of the movie involves repeated car chases, and I wish they had been made funnier. They were good at that in those days. So, there's no big laughs here, but many amusing moments. This isn't one of Dalton Trumbo's better stories.

Angel gives a very good performance. This is the best I've seen from John King. He actually modulates his voice, makes numerous facial expressions, and uses body language to express himself. You know, acts.

I downloaded the 699MB AVI file. After removing the greenish tint, the video quality was fine. The audio was perfect throughout.
Reviewer: picfixer - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 23, 2011
Subject: Love on the Run
A frumpish school teacher morphs into a beautiful butterfly - just in time for romance and an endless road chase with a corpse in the back seat. Toss in pursuing cops, gangsters, a feisty little old lady and a handsome would-be rescuer, and you have the main ingredients for this delightful screwball comedy. The dialog is smart. The action never stops to take a breath. Charming Heather Angel is thoroughly captivating in the whacky role of a schoolmarm on a tear - and a mean hand with a loaded tea kettle! B-western star John "Dusty" King in a sports jacket role is the best I've seen him - and I've seen him a lot. The great Constance Collier chimes in as a no-nonsense dowager who takes nothin' from nobody. The rest of the cast doesn’t have a single weak link. Fun from credits to close, Universal Pictures comes up with a real winner B. FOOTNOTE: You may want to see the sometimes underappreciated Heather Angel in more roles like this. I just wish I knew of some. She does apprear in four or five Bulldog Drummond adventures.
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